The scheme is an exciting transformation of a former youth detention facility into a vibrant, mixed-use village – Peninsula 1a will welcome local and growing small businesses in the food and media sectors.

Located near the heart of the Hunts Point residential community, the Peninsula “creates a nexus of creativity, entrepreneurship, and wellness,” says architect Claire Weisz, FAIA, principal-in-charge of WXY architecture + urban design, designer of the campus in association with Body Lawson Associates.

The Peninsula creates a “community centrepiece where an artisanal food hub, health and wellness centre, fresh grocer, new film production studio, affordable housing for the Hunts Point neighbourhood, and a live-work community for the South Bronx tech and creative sectors, are seamlessly integrated and co-located onto the 4.75-acre site.” The six-building campus includes over 76,000sq ft of commercial space including retail and community facility uses, as well as about 52,700sq ft of light industrial space including food manufacturing and media production uses.

Developed by Gilbane Development, Hudson Companies, and Mutual Housing Association of New York (MHANY), the project is being advanced by a team of city agencies including the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), and the Housing Development Corporation (HDC).